Thursday, November 08, 2012

Blake: Honouring Excellence in Photography, Poetry and Popular Creativity

"Artists (like Tash) are artists because they have an extra sensitivity--a skin less, perhaps, than other people; and the great ones have an uncomfortable habit of being right about many things, long before their time."
Benjamin Britten, "Freeman of Lowestoft"

Each year the Blake Prize raises questions about issues of belief, doubt, human justice and social values. Photojournalism provides a reflection of the human experience that transcends history, language and culture ... A single photograph can educate, motivate, captivate and inspire. A single poem can stir the heart and soul ... The Blake finalist works will be shown at Sydney's S.H. Ervin Gallery from until December 16.
The Blake Society has established two prizes that challenge artists and poets to investigate ideas and issues surrounding spiritual thought and religion in contemporary art and literature. There is no such thing as injustice or justice in art. You have to participate and that is it ;-)

The World Inside the Mind of A Monk In MMXII AD Tash made another history by being one of the rare the antipodean bohemian finalists for the 61st Blake Prize, John Coburn Emerging Artist Award and the MUA Blake Prize for Human Justice. The View From Mandalay Hill
Natasha Murray
Prize Year:

61st (2012) Dimensions:

40 x 40cm

Bathed in light, a novice monk watches over the sprawling city of Mandalay from the lookout on Mandalay Hill. The hill itself is a site of pilgrimage for many Burmese Buddhists who make the 240m climb to worship at the Sutaungpyei Pagoda.

This is Tash's hymn to the formidable structures that dot our and foreign landscape like frozen music. Tash is alert at every dawn, dusk and between to capture them empty and in the mysterious light...musings of the monk resonated with Media Dragon as Elliot inspired the gathering at the Blake Praize with his existential observations - Who am I? Why am I here? Photographs like stories can be so cathartic and so enlightening and comforting and educational and they can give people a sense of a world they didn’t know before. They can make the isolated feel included; they can make people who feel misunderstood feel better understood. And the great works of art will always be with you. They’re not fickle the way people are ...

Between Days: Darkness and Light: Light, colour, paint and perspective all come under intense scrutiny, especially on Wednesday afternoons

The Sacred in Literature and the Arts

(Nota Bene:The Blake Prize was established in 1951 to find art to decorate churches)
Not so Hungarian Nude Zealander, Kevin Roberts, who has two first names like Jozef Imrich, shared last night with the world his views that there is an entire generation of people who value creativity and innovation. They will make art, products, music, books and brands that will decrease our impact on the environment and improve our quality of life. The media have a saying, "If it bleeds, it leads", and you just need to turn on your computer/mobile/tablet to know that media is a magnet for bad news. The world is sometimes painted as being so bleak that we forget that there are some real causes for us to celebrate. Kevin lists 10 reasons to be optimistic about our creative future

CODA: This year, the Human Rights Awards will be celebrating 25 years of recognising the efforts of Australia’s finest who have promoted and protected human rights in Australia Human Right Awards